Nipper Pat Daly

I highly recommend this book

Rob Snell


Wonderboy Nipper Pat Daly

A biography of my grandfather, '20s and '30s boxing Wonderboy Nipper Pat Daly, is now available to buy for an online price of £15.99 + £3 postage & packaging to a UK address or + £5 p&p to an overseas (non-UK address).

The price may seem a little high, however the product is a high-quality 330-page sewn hardback book (with photo plates), and so the production costs for a short run were sizeable. 

The book can be purchased securely online via credit/debit card or PayPal by visiting:

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I've attached a sample PDF file of the book's Introduction and opening chapter. If you have trouble opening the file, you may need to visit and install Adobe Reader. The file can also be read at:

Also attached are the jacket cover image and a brief synopsis and release info for the book.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.   

Please feel free to forward this email on to anyone who you think may be interested. 

Best wishes,

Alex Daley

Nipper: The Amazing Story of Boxing's Wonderboy


A biography of boxing Wonderboy Nipper Pat Daly, exploring his ring career and life, as well as the times in which he boxed.


With rare photos, detailed fight analysis, and extracts from Nipper Pat's personal (previously unpublished) memoirs, the book resurrects the extraordinary times of an extraordinary boxer, and offers a great insight into the boxing world of the 1920s and '30s.


  • Hardback, 330 pages


  • First published: 2011


  • Author: Alex Daley


  • ISBN: 978-0956749406


  • £15.99 (online price)


  • + £3 p&p to a UK address or


  • + £5 p&p to an Overseas (non-UK) address






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UK phone: 07982 713 112


About the author


Alex Daley is a grandson of Nipper Pat Daly. This, his first book, is the result of eight years of research into the Nipper’s life and career and the times in which he boxed.




They called him brilliant – the greatest since Driscoll and Wilde; an assured future world champion and a potential all-time great. Nipper Pat Daly, who made his professional debut aged just nine, was a boxing prodigy so precociously gifted that he beat the cream of Europe's boxing talent while still in his mid-teens.


Fans across Britain clamoured to see him fight and sat agog at his uncanny skill, dazzling speed and boundless courage. He topped bills nationwide week-in and week-out, conceding age and strength to full-grown men yet outclassing everyone put before him. By 16 he had beaten several champions, was ranked in the world's top 10 and seemed on the brink of a world title. But incredibly, at 17 he reluctantly retired from the sport he loved, leaving sportswriters and fans to ponder just how great he would have been if he had reached his full potential.


Diligently researched and retold in vivid style, this book resurrects the career and life of one of boxing's most amazing performers, piecing together his unique career in order to understand how such a great talent could vanish so suddenly. Taking us on a journey through a lost world of smoky fight halls, colourful characters and courageous men, this is the story of an incredible boxer and his incredible times.



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Saturday, 06 October 2007

Name: Carl 'Bobo' Olson
Career Record: click
Alias: Hawaiian Swede, Bobo
Nationality: US American
Birthplace: Honolulu, HI
Hometown: Honolulu, HI
Born: 1928-07-11
Died: 2002-01-16
Age at Death: 73
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 5′ 10½″
Manager: Sid Flaherty and Billy Newman

Died in Honolulu after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease.

Named Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year for 1953

Inducted into both the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame

Also inducted into the Hawai'i Sports Hall of Fame and CyberMuseum

International Boxing Hall of Fame bio: [1]

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olson-1Carl Olson, (July 11, 1928January 16, 2002), was an American boxer. He was the world middleweight champion between October 1953 and December 1955, the longest reign of any champion in that division during the 1950s. Although he is probably best remembered for his three knockout defeats against Sugar Ray Robinson.

His nickname, Bobo, was based on his younger sister's mispronunciation of "brother".

Early years

Olson was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to a Portuguese mother and a Swedish father, hence his other nickname "The Hawaiian Swede". Like many boxers, Olson decided to take up the sport after getting into fights on the streets. Olson received training from boxers who were stationed in Hawaii during World War II, it was also during this period that he picked up his two trademark tattoos.

Using a fake identity card Olson obtained a boxing licence at the age of 16. He had won his first three contests, two by knockout, before his true age was discovered. During 1945 Olson ran off to San Francisco in order to continue his boxing career. By the time he was 18 he had amassed a record of 13 successive wins (10 by KO). Even at this stage his power and huge reserves of stamina were clear, as was his rather average skill.

Mature career

The first real test of Olson's career came on March 20, 1950, Olson's record at this point was 40 wins and 2 losses, against the Australian Dave Sands. Olson lost to a close points decision in Sydney. Seven months after this Olson had his first fight against Sugar Ray Robinson, for the lowly regarded Pennsylvania State World Middleweight Title. Olson, who was widely seen as a slow starter, failed to get into the fight, even though Robinson was not having one of his best fights. Olson managed to hold on for 11 rounds before being knocked out. Despite his great record it was clear that Olson was still too inexperienced to be fighting at that level.

A year after his loss to Robinson, Olson managed to get a rematch against Dave Sands. This fight was the first to be televised coast-to-coast in America. However, Sands once again proved too much for Olson, he again won by unanimous decision.

On March 13, 1952 Olson fought Robinson again, this time for the World middleweight title. Robinson, who had lost and regained the title against Randy Turpin in his previous two fights, was looking for an easy fight. However, Olson had improved significantly from their first encounter. Through 10 rounds the fight was neck-and-neck, only a dominant finish by Robinson over the last 5 rounds won him the decision. This would be the only time that Olson lasted the duration against Robinson.

Robinson retired for the first time in December 1952, vacating his middleweight crown. The top four contenders fought a tournament for the title. Olson defeated Paddy Young for the American title to gain the right to fight for the vacant world title, Turpin won the other eliminator against Charley Humez.

The title fight against Turpin took place on October 21, 1953 at Madison Square Garden. Turpin dominated the first four rounds, he almost scored a knockdown in the first, before Olson got a grip on the fight. As the fight progressed Olson took the initiative, he scored knockdowns in the 10th and 11th rounds on the way to a unanimous decision. Following his success Olson was voted Ring magazine's fighter of the year for 1953.

Olson won all seven of his fights in 1954 including defences of his title against such big names as Kid Gavilan, Rocky Castellani, and Pierre Langlois.

In 1955 Olson, who was finding it increasingly difficult to make weight, stepped up to light heavyweight. His first major fight in this category was against former champion Joey Maxim, Olson won the fight easily on points after scoring knockdowns in both the 2nd and 9th rounds. On June 22 Olson challenged 41 year old Archie Moore for the light heavyweight title, a fight that many believed Olson would easily win. However, the "Old Mongoose" was too strong for Olson and won by knockout after only a minute had elapsed of the third round. After this fight Olson began his decline.

Following two walkover wins, Olson put his middleweight title on the line against Robinson, who was once again number 1 contender following his brief retirement, on December 9, 1955. Olson, who entered the fight as a massive favourite, was knocked out in the second round. The rematch, fought five months later at Wrigley Field, ended similarly with Olson going down in the fourth. After this second defeat Olson announced his retirement.

Late career

After a year out of the game Olson returned as a heavyweight to fight Maxim again, a fight he won on points. Olson took another year out following a knockout defeat against Pat McMurtry. Whilst initially coming back as a journeyman, despite being only 30, Olson managed to reestablish himself as a contender. On November 27, 1964 he fought Jose Torres with the winner going on to fight the champion, Willie Pastrano. Olson was knocked out after 2 minutes of the first round. This defeat effectively ended his career, he would only fight again four more times.

Life after boxing

Olson retired with a record of 99 wins (49 by KO), 16 losses, and 2 draws from his 117 professional fights. He went on to work with disaffected youngsters before working as a PR officer for the Teamsters Union. In 1987 he was a Union Elevator Operator in Lancaster, California, working on new construction at the Antelope Valley Medical Center. He would travel home on the weekends. At this point of his life he was slow, but kept the workers entertained with his boxing stories. In his later years Olson suffered from Alzheimer's disease. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2000.


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